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A reference database prepared
and managed by Global Health Initiatives (GHI)

Focus: the public health needs of Palestine

Research Articles
(work in progress)

Health Information Infrastructure in Developing Countries
With the liberalization of health care and telecommunications policies spreading across every continent, we are witnessing an explosion of health information systems worldwide with concomitant benefits to health and human prosperity. Some believe that "high technology" has less importance amidst overwhelming poverty and barriers to implementation in the lesser developed countries. Yet, innovative, and in some circumstances relatively inexpensive, implementations of intelligent networks (intelligent human and machine systems) are lengthening life, lowering the burden of illness, and improving quality of life and functional life capacity in some of the poorer countries in the developing world."

Telemedicine for Algeria
A comprehensive vision, in slide presentation format, of how the global information network and advanced medical technologies can transform a developing country.

The Emerging Global Intelligent Network and Health

"The Global Information Infrastructure is enabling telehealth applications which are creating opportunities for improving health at the local, national, and international levels. In addition to addressing present day health problems, the establishment of the Health Information Infrastructure on a global scale greatly increases the likelihood that the macro health challenges of the early to mid 21 Century -- such as overpopulation, environmental degradation, and social crisis -- will be addressed early on, while providing opportunities for bettering individual and community health and human prosperity globally."

A New Marshall Plan for the 21st Century

"There is a growing need for a "New Marshall Plan" that is as bold and unprecedented today as the original Marshall Plan was in its time. It must learn from the lessons of history, yet be willing and able to apply entirely new principles and approaches to be optimally effective. It must be uniquely attuned to present and emerging conditions, in order to address and resolve key impending challenges to health and human prosperity that, over the next few decades, threaten the well-being of billions of people and the viability of the ecosystems they live in."

Virtual Health Science Program

"Health knowledge and trained human resources are key to societal and community health and prosperity, as well as for the reliable functioning and outcomes of a health care institution. The Global Health Initiatives, Inc.'s Virtual Health Science program enables societies and communities to benefit from health knowledge that was previously inaccessible to them. Global Health Initiatives is forming centers for excellence in health informatics to help facilitate the development of health information infrastructure and the training of essential health-oriented human resources."

Global Health in the Information Age
A detailed slide presentation by the Koop Health Informatics Initiative, Dr. Michael McDonald. "To stimulate the commercial development of a new generation of business and information engineering and methods and tools, that are capable of significant contribution to the emerging national health information infrastructure to improve the performance of complex health processes."



Scope and Purpose

Palestinians have many health problems, some relatively unique to its location, circumstances, and populations, that can be dramatically improved by the provision of telehealth applications. In general, telehealth applications fall into eight elements of comprehensive health information systems:

  • Administrative
  • Professional Education
  • Clinical
  • Telemedicine
  • Personal Health
  • Population-based
  • System coordination
  • Community Networks

The initial GreenStar health demonstration will feature personal health information, clinical information, and healthy communities information. The health components of GreenStar will demonstrate how renewable energy-based telehealth services can catalyze a step forward for the health of the Palestinian people.



Content will be pulled from the following sources:
Personal Health Information System
Clinical Information System
Healthy Communities Communications Network
World health links
WHO (World Health Organization Middle East)
Digital Libraries
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Medline and UMLS
National Library of Medicine
Kidney disease databases
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Disaster relief
Red Crescent Society
Ministries of Health (Middle East nations)



The Greenstar and GHI health team is proposed to include:

Dr. Charles F. Gay Greenstar Project Leader
Peter McKenzie Greenstar Field Operations
Jock Gill GreenStar demonstration lead
Michael North Technical Operations
Dr. Michael McDonald GreenStar health lead
Jim Frech GHI project manager
Khalid Moidu, MD, PhD Clinician, telemedicine expert
Len Duhl, MD, PhD Healthy communities specialist
Kevin Patrick, MD, MPH Project medical director 
John Studach, MA Web Content Developer


Primary institutional associations:

Windom Health Enterprises: provision of personal health information system content
International Healthy Cities Foundation: provision of healthy communities material
The Medical Center of Boston, International: provision of telemedicine expertise and equipment